Islamic Reformers Ready To Join Morocco Government

Morocco’s Justice and Development Party (PJD), which won 46 seats in Parliamentary elections this month and came in second behind the conservative Istiqlal party, indicated it would serve in a coalition cabinet if requested. Saad Eddine Othmani, who heads the Muslim reform group that is modeled after Turkey’s Justice and Development Party, said he is interested in working toward constitutional reform that would give more power to parliament. His party strives to end corruption and stimulate the economy. Many experts believe the PJD acts to thwart efforts of more radical Muslim groups in Morocco.

Arab nations need more parties like the PJD if terrorist and radical elements are to be weakened.